Thunder Predator have confirmed their wild card potential, however the SA squad have a troublesome deck to beat.
Issues have been heating up within the SA scene for the previous couple of years. One workforce that’s been making a reputation for themselves within the area is Peruvian squad, Thunder Predator.
Initially shaped in 2016 and enjoying below the banners Thunder Awaken, the workforce scored a sponsorship from Acer’s Predator model of Gaming PCs and began flying their new flags as Thunder Predator in 2018.
The Street to TI 10
Nevertheless it was 2020 and the height of the pandemic that basically noticed the workforce come into their very own. They took 2nd place at ESL One Thailand 2020: Americas, then adopted this up with a number of on-line match victories.
The brand new format of the DPC season in 2021 noticed them struggle via the Higher Division of the South American area in Season 1. They took 2nd place, qualifying straight to the Group Stage of the ONE Esports Singapore Main.
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The workforce made it via the Spherical Robins to the Playoffs, falling to the Decrease Bracket after dealing with Secret on Day 1. Nonetheless, TP managed to carry their very own till Spherical 3 of the Decrease Bracket. Ultimately falling to Invictus Gaming to take 5-Sixth place on the match.
Season 2 of the DPC noticed the workforce face harder odds on their house turf. Beastcoast and No Ping Esports edged them out of their likelihood to shine on the WePlay Animajor. They ended the second season of SA’s DPC third within the standings. Nonetheless, the end gave them sufficient DPC factors to ensure themselves an invitation to TI 10.
Thunder Predator’s TI roster
2021 additionally revealed a brand new roster for Thunder Predator; with each Frank “Frank” Arias and workforce captain Joel Mori “MoOz” Ozambela becoming a member of the workforce.
MoOz lower his tooth within the SA scene, initially beginning out with Gorillaz-Pleasure again in 2017, in addition to each teaching and enjoying with beastcoast throughout their 2020 on-line season.
Romel “Mjz” Quinteros performed for Gorrillaz-Pleasure throughout their 2018 season. Then becoming a member of Notorious.Younger and climbing up the ranks to the org’s predominant squad in early 2019, earlier than lastly settling with TP in July of that 12 months.
Thunder Predator’s core line up brings quite a lot of aggression and magnificence to the sphere. Frank’s signature Batrider has confirmed greater than as soon as that he’s a power to be reckoned with. Whereas Leonardo “LeoStyle-” Sifuentes has proven he has the chops as one among SA’s prime solo mid gamers. Each he and TP’s place 1 carry, Alonso “Mnz” León, have been a part of South America’s Dota 2 scene since 2015. Mnz performed for Group Unknown throughout their run on the Frankfurt Main in 2015. And previously LeoStyle- has performed with different regional heavyweights akin to Notorious and EgoBoys.
Can Thunder Predator win The Worldwide 10?
Whereas nothing is not possible at a TI, the reality is TP have some robust competitors to chew via in the event that they wish to lay palms on the Aegis of the Immortals and their share of the USD $40 Million prize pool.
Whereas they’ve confirmed themselves among the many best within the South American area, the present incarnation of their squad is basically untested on the worldwide stage.
Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding the rosters of a number of groups due to the continuing issues attributable to the pandemic. With two-time winners OG enjoying without Ceb in the offlane, and gamers from each Aster and Invictus Gaming testing optimistic for Covid-19, Thunder Predator may not be dealing with all the pieces this TI was initially going to throw at them.
There’s just a few extra days earlier than video games kick off in Bucharest. Though we will expect the stadium to be a lot quieter than usual, we’ll nonetheless be capable of catch all the pleasure and motion on our screens.
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